Nottingham Trent University staff among Queen's birthday honours

Two long-serving members of staff at Nottingham Trent University have been given awards in the Queen's birthday honours.

Two long-serving members of staff at Nottingham Trent University have been given awards in the Queen's birthday honours.

Reception officer Michael Wells and Ivan Hopkins, head of catering and hospitality, were awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to higher education.

Ivan has worked at the University for 18 years and during which time he has transformed its menus to bring sustainable food at affordable prices.

Alongside his responsibility for catering across all the institution's food outlets, he uses his skills to teach students about healthy eating and undertakes educational catering demonstrations.

He champions the cause of food miles and his work has helped the University become one of the greenest in the country.

His revolution of the University's catering helped it gain the prestigious Silver Food for Life accreditation, making it one of only two universities in the UK to achieve such a standard.

Ivan joined the Royal Logistics Corps of the Army after leaving school and served in Belize, Cyprus, Kenya, Canada and Germany. He did a number of tours in Northern Ireland and two six-month tours to the Falkland Islands.

While in the Army Ivan won awards for his culinary skills and had the honour of serving Royalty as well as the less distinguished, but equally memorable, privilege of catering for infantry in the middle of a jungle.

Upon receiving the BEM, Ivan said: "I'm delighted and honoured that people took the time to write submissions for something like this on my behalf. I never expected anything like this to happen. But it's real honour and I'm incredibly grateful."

Michael, commonly known as 'Mick', is the welcoming face at the University's main building, the Newton building, where he greets 5,000 students, visitors and staff every day.

He has worked at the University for 22 years and has undertaken a number of roles. He started as a handyman before becoming a hospitality assistant and became a reception officer 12 years ago.

He's a macebearer on graduations, is the volunteering coordinator for the reception staff and covers all VIP events.

Before joining the University, Mick worked for British Coal at Gedling and Ollerton collieries. He is a former member of the Territorial Army, where part of his duties included tank command.

Upon receiving the BEM, Mick said: "When I first found out I was shocked and overwhelmed. It was very emotional. I never expected to receive anything like this. It's a real honour for me."

Nottingham Trent University Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Gorman said: "Ivan and Mick are among the very best supporters of this University. Our success is dependent on the quality of such staff and they are wonderful examples of how the job should be done."

Nottingham Trent University staff among Queen's birthday honours

Published on 17 June 2014
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